[Caveat Emptor, same as the first: this is the most biased possible set of numbers. It only tracks stories that I've read, and specifically stories that I've finished. I skip a story if it doesn't grab me. So these numbers inevitably reflect my own taste. But there is an underlying field out there, and my own proclivities can only distort it so much. Elements here consist of a huge number of subjective classifications, based on nothing more substantive than my own whim. Also, I've been limiting my reading to venues that I can read in a convenient electronic form.]
Here are the genres that I've seen:
SF 108This round skewed towards sf because of a couple of anthologies that I read for other review venues, each of which was sf-specific.
SF w/ some F 6
Alt hist 3
Male 95Less perfectly matched than the last time, possibly because of the late skew towards sf. Other protagonist categories:
Child/Teen 20The number of stories passing the Bechdel test perfectly doubled to: 40.
Gender Undefined 4
I've also found 34 protagonists that are human and identified by non-white ethnic markers.
I'm also keeping track of POVs, but there's nothing terribly shocking here:
1st 81More interesting are settings. Of those stories set on Earth:
3rd lim 75
3rd omni 31
3rd mult 8
Earth's past 21A few more far future tales this time, although again that was skewed by a specific anthology.
Earth Present 42
Near future 51
Mid future 24
Far future 17
How about physical settings? We're still sticking pretty close to home:
America 68We've got 47 stories taking place in some sort of space setting, including extra-solar planets, space stations, etc.
Generic Fantasy Earth 25
Finally, I've been keeping track of some tropes. Here are some of the most common:
Violence 64So that's what I've got so far. I feel a bit odd about the themed anthologies skewing the data, but they are equally part of the field. I definitely feel the need to read a fantasy-oriented one (maybe Zombies vs. Unicorns) to even things out.
Happy Ending? 32
Ecological damage 19
Mythical beings 16
Magic artefact 15
Once again, here are the venues from which I've been getting my short fiction. Let me know if there are other places I need to be looking!
Abyss & Apex
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Absent Willow Review
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
World SF Blog
Icarus [Much easier to access now that it's available through the Wizard's Tower Press eBook store]
Destination: Future [Anthology]
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